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Ethiopian Airlines adds two new African routes and resumes New York services

February 23, 2023

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Ethiopia’s flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines is adding two new African routes to its network out of its Addis Ababa hub. The carrier also has plans to expand its US connectivity with the resumption of route services to New York.

Cape Town and Accra services

Commencing March 26 2023, Ethiopian Airlines will launch two additional route services from Addis Ababa to Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana.

The new services make it easier than ever for travelers to experience the beauty and culture of these vibrant cities.

Cape Town

With its stunning natural beauty, Cape Town, South Africa is the perfect destination for adventurers, foodies, and culture enthusiasts alike. Whether hiking Table Mountain, trying local cuisine, or discovering the city’s rich history, travelers are sure to be amazed by the beauty of Cape Town.

The airline will operate its Airbus A350 aircraft on the new Cape Town service.


The carrier will offer new night flights to Accra, Ghana; providing travelers the choice of 11 flights per week for maximum convenience.

Alleviating the hassle of long layovers or missed connections – it will now be possible to arrive in Accra during the morning or mid-day, fully refreshed and ready to experience all that the city has to offer.

For travellers interested in in culture, history, or business, Accra is sure to captivate with its vibrant energy and friendly people.

New York services

Ethiopian Airlines has also advised the resumption of its direct flight services between Abidjan and New York John F. Kennedy Airport, as of 29 May 2023.

Ethiopian first started serving New York from its main hub Addis Ababa via Abidjan in June 2019. However, the route was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Later, the flight resumed serving New York via Lomé starting in October 2020.

The four times weekly flight will be operated between Addis Ababa and New York via Abidjan as per the below schedule.

Regarding the resumption of the New York service, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said “We are excited to bring back our direct flight between Abidjan and New York. We have long been offering flights with the best connectivity between the US and Africa.”

“The resumption of our Abidjan-New York flight brings back the flexibility that our passengers love.”

“We have been increasing frequencies and adding new destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Asia in the past couple of months and we are delighted that the Abidjan-New York route is coming again.”


Ethiopian will also be commencing a new passenger service to Atlanta, USA starting from 16 May 2023. Atlanta will become Ethiopian Airlines’ 6th destination in the US following its passenger services to New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington DC and cargo service to Miami.

About Ethiopian Airlines

The Ethiopian flag carrier is currently the largest and fastest growing airline in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations from its main hub Addis Ababa including to Abidjan, where Ethiopian provided 42 years of uninterrupted service since November 1980.

In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 145 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian’s fleet consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 767-300, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years.

1 Comment

  1. Well Done! Ethiopian Airlines.
    Actually, no one would be surprised of YOUR constant, dignified, flying up, up, up, up into the sky, reminding the WORLD of the most successful BLACK AFRICAN AIRLINES in the WORLD. It is is not a secrete that the FOUNDATION of Ethiopian Airlines was so formidable that SUCCESS was already sketched there upon from the very begining. What a fantastic success in the so-cruelly named as eternal “under-developed” Continent of Black Africa”

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